Today is Wednesday, Aug. 29, the 241st day of 2007. There are 124 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlight in History:
Fifty years ago, on Aug. 29, 1957, the Senate gave final congressional approval to a Civil Rights Act after South Carolina Sen. Strom Thurmond (then a Democrat) ended a filibuster that had lasted 24 hours.
On this date:
In 1533, the last Incan King of Peru, Atahualpa, was murdered on orders of Spanish conqueror Francisco Pizarro.
In 1632, English philosopher John Locke was born in Somerset.
In 1877, the second president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Brigham Young, died in Salt Lake City at age 76.
In 1943, responding to a clampdown by Nazi occupiers, Denmark managed to scuttle most of its naval ships.
In 1944, 15,000 American troops marched down the Champs Elysees in Paris as the French capital continued to celebrate its liberation from the Nazis.
In 1965, Gemini 5, carrying astronauts Gordon Cooper and Charles (“Pete”) Conrad, splashed down in the Atlantic after eight days in space.
In 1966, the Beatles concluded their fourth American tour with their last public concert, at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.
In 1982, Academy Award-winning actress Ingrid Bergman died in London on her 67th birthday.
In 1987, Academy Award-winning actor Lee Marvin died in Tucson, Ariz., at age 63.
In 2005, Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast near Buras, La.; the resulting floods devastated the city of New Orleans. More than 1,800 people in the region died.
Ten years ago: Hooded men killed more than 300 people in an Algerian farm village in the worst carnage since an Islamic insurgency began. Japan’s Supreme Court ruled that the country’s Education Ministry broke the law by removing mention of a Japanese World War II atrocity from historian Saburo Ienaga’s high school textbook.
Five years ago: A judge in Norwalk, Conn., sentenced Michael Skakel to 20 years to life in prison for bludgeoning his teenage neighbor, Martha Moxley, with a golf club in 1975 after hearing the Kennedy cousin tearfully proclaim his innocence.
One year ago: President George Bush visited New Orleans one year after Hurricane Katrina devastated the region to offer comfort and hope to residents. Tropical Storm Ernesto’s leading edge drenched Miami and the rest of southern Florida.
Today’s Birthdays: Actor-director Lord Richard Attenborough is 84. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., is 71. Actor Elliott Gould is 69. Movie director William Friedkin is 68. Movie director Joel Schumacher is 68. TV personality Robin Leach is 66. Actor G.W. Bailey is 63. Actor Ray Wise is 60. Actress Deborah Van Valkenburgh is 55. Dancer-choreographer Mark Morris is 51. Country musician Dan Truman (Diamond Rio) is 51. Singer Michael Jackson is 49. Actress Rebecca DeMornay is 45. Singer Me’Shell NdegeOcello is 38. Rhythm-and-blues singer Carl Martin (Shai) is 37. Actress Carla Gugino is 36. Rock musician Kyle Cook (Matchbox Twenty) is 32. Actor John Hensley is 30. Rock musician David Desrosiers (Simple Plan) is 27. Rapper A+ is 25. Actress Jennifer Landon is 24. Actor Jeffrey Licon is 22.
Thought for Today: “The trouble with being poor is that it takes up all your time.” — Willem de Kooning, Dutch-born artist (1904-1997).